riding back to the farmhouse
Down by the river at Olepangi
Room at Olepangi farm
A place to relaxat Olepangi
Olepangi farm
Room at Lolldaiga farmhouse
Lolldaiga flycamp
flycamp lunch
flycamp tents
Lolldaiga farmhouse

Set in the stunning Laikipia region, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, lies an authentic farmstead, home of Lolldaiga safaris, which provides horse-riding, walking and driving safaris into the Lolldaiga Hills. This area is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the whole of Kenya, with breath-taking scenery and abundant wildlife and best of all, very few tourists due to its historic isolation. This magic, forgotten land awaits you. Ride, walk and drive amongst herds of zebra, impala, eland, gazelles and hartebeest. Come almost within touching distance of the many reticulated giraffe and slowly approach a herd of elephant or buffalo. Witness the rock art of the ancient peoples and, if you are really lucky, you may even stumble upon a pride of lion or track down a leopard, even find wild dogs out hunting! 

The horses are mostly a mix of thoroughbreds and polo ponies with a couple of local breeds thrown in for good measure, all responsive and good-natured as well as sure-footed and accustomed to game. Both set-date flycamps within the reserve and farm stays at the ranch are available so there really is something for everybody; if you want to do the trail but do not want to camp it is also possible to stay at the Lolldaiga Farmhouse within the reserve. With a maximum group size of 8 the atmosphere is personal and the hosting genuinely welcoming. In our opinion this is the best value safari in Africa, a true hidden gem!

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from AM of Bideford on 28/07/2016

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5 night itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive by road to Olepangi Farm, driving through the beautiful Kikuyu Highlands, arriving in time for a hearty lunch. After lunch beneath the shade of an impressive fig tree we will go out on an orientation ride to match all riders with their horses for the safari. In the evening we will set up a telescope to view the magical African sky with hot chocolates around our fire pit

Day 2
Early risers can watch the sunrise over the mountain. We’ll ride out from our farm after breakfast to Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, often referred to as the most beautiful ranch in all of Kenya. It is a great privilege that we have use of this private ranch for it is a wonder to behold. We’ll take our time enjoying the scenery and wildlife along the way. We’ll have a good chance of seeing elephant, giraffe, buffalo and, with luck, many other species. We’ll arrive in time for a late lunch followed by an evening game drive to our phenomenal sundowner spot.

Day 3
Wake up to a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast of toast and muesli. We’ll then head off into a different direction enjoying the quiet and tranquillity of this 49,000 acre private game reserve. Depending on the season this may involve some cantering through the open plains or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo; whatever's out there. We will break for a bush lunch in a shady spot giving both riders and horses plenty of time to relax. There’s always some wine on offer to encourage a little nap before our afternoon ride back to base. The afternoon ride is deliberately slower-paced and it's a good opportunity to ask questions and take photographs. The bird-life is some of the best in the world and towards sunset there is often elephant interaction to enjoy. We will return to camp and go out on an evening drive to see what is around before dark.

Day 4
This morning we will get onto the horses at first light to make the most of the cool air and greater game activity. We will stop for a break after about two hours riding for a bit of a re-fuel before making our way back to camp in time for showers and a chance to relax before lunch. This afternoon we will explore on foot, going down to the eastern part of the ranch where caves with ancient rock art can be found. Sundowners will be ready after the walk returning to camp for dinner and stories around the campfire.

Day 5
For your last ride we're going to take you through different country, making our way through clouds of grass to plains dotted with cedar trees. While passing through woodlands, there's a possibility of finding big game again. Our pace may increase as we break out onto the plains; perhaps disturbing troops of baboons or cantering alongside giraffes or cape buffalo. Back at Olepangi Farm, there's time to shower before lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing with a book or take us up on a game of croquet!

Day 6
Today you can enjoy a lie in and a relaxed final breakfast before your onward journey. Depending on your flight time you are welcome to join us for an extra lunch and enjoy the farm until you leave.

7 night itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive by road to Olepangi Farm, driving through the beautiful Kikuyu Highlands, arriving in time for a hearty lunch. Spend the afternoon as you like. Perhaps a visit to see our donkeys and tortoises, explore the farm or just relax ready for sundowners, followed by dinner down on the river by a roaring fire. With luck we’ll have a magnificent night of glorious stars and “whoops” from the local hyenas.

Day 2
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast on our breakfast deck, guest who wish can go on a community walk with our local guide following the Timau River. This takes you through surrounding farmland and forest ending at a beautiful waterfall only accessible by foot. There is also the option for a gentler walk around Olepangi Farm spotting birdlife, flora and fauna. After lunch beneath the shade of an impressive fig tree we will go out on an orientation ride to match all riders with their horses for the safari. In the evening we will set up a telescope to view the magical African sky with hot chocolates around our fire pit

Day 3
Early risers can watch the sunrise over the mountain. We’ll ride out from our farm after breakfast to Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, often referred to as the most beautiful ranch in all of Kenya. It is a great privilege that we have use of this private ranch for it is a wonder to behold. We’ll take our time enjoying the scenery and wildlife along the way. We’ll have a good chance of seeing elephant, giraffe, buffalo and, with luck, many other species. We’ll arrive in time for a late lunch followed by an evening game drive to our phenomenal sundowner spot.

Day 4
Wake up to a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast of toast and muesli. We’ll then head off into a different direction enjoying the quiet and tranquillity of this 49,000 acre private game reserve. Depending on the season this may involve some cantering through the open plains or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo; whatever's out there. We will break for a bush lunch in a shady spot giving both riders and horses plenty of time to relax. There’s always some wine on offer to encourage a little nap before our afternoon ride back to base. The afternoon ride is deliberately slower-paced and it's a good opportunity to ask questions and take photographs. The bird-life is some of the best in the world and towards sunset there is often elephant interaction to enjoy. We will return to camp and go out on an evening drive to see what is around before dark.

Day 5
This morning we will get onto the horses at first light to make the most of the cool air and greater game activity. We will stop for a break after about two hours riding for a bit of a re-fuel before making our way back to camp in time for showers and a chance to relax before lunch. This afternoon we will explore on foot, going down to the eastern part of the ranch where caves with ancient rock art can be found. Sundowners will be ready after the walk returning to camp for dinner and stories around the campfire.

Day 6
For your last ride we're going to take you through different country, making our way through clouds of grass to plains dotted with cedar trees. While passing through woodlands, there's a possibility of finding big game again. Our pace may increase as we break out onto the plains; perhaps disturbing troops of baboons or cantering alongside giraffes or cape buffalo. Back at Olepangi Farm, there's time to shower before lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing with a book or take us on at a game of croquet!

Day 7
After breakfast we will venture to Ngare Ndare Forest with picnic lunches. Here you will walk along the elevated tree canopy walkway where you get a different perspective of the forest. Birdlife is plentiful and you may be lucky enough to spot migrating elephants. After this you will walk through the forest to our picnic spot for a hearty lunch. After lunch we will explore the many waterfalls within, ending with the source pool which is a magnificent blue surrounded by trees and vines. For those brave enough there are various waterfall jumps. We will return back to Olepangi Farm in time for sundowners and dinner in the Party House.

Day 8
Today you can enjoy a lie in and a relaxed final breakfast before your onward journey. Depending on your flight time you are welcome to join us for an extra lunch and enjoy the farm until you leave.

Single supplements:
A single supplement may apply if you are not inclined to share a room or tent. A limited number of single tents may be reserved if you book early.

Group discounts available: If you bring a group of 6 then the 7th person is completely free. If you can find one more then the 8th person only pays 50% of the normal rate. This special offer is applicable on both set departure and tailor made dates.

Additional Activities and Based stays at Olepangi Farm:
For those who want to spend extra days at the farm or would prefer a relaxed based stay, it is also possible to book to stay at Olepangi Farmhouse. They have some very interesting and exciting activities on offer including community walks hosted by their Kenyan neighbours, bird watching, badminton, croquet and a school visit. Extra activities which are payable on-site include horse riding, massages, polo, and day trips/game drives into the Lolldaigas. Non-riders are very welcome on safari as well as at the farm as the mobile safari travels with a jeep and armed guide. There are also guided walks in the Ngare Ndare forest which is nearby, a fantastic canopy walk and walks up to a series of waterfalls. Please enquire for a per night price for this option.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses here are trained for safari, with good characters, and are easy to handle. They react better to being kept on a loose rein and respond better over rough terrain if allowed to find their own path. There are fifteen beautiful horses to choose from and all are sturdy and safe and look after their riders day in and day out. Much of the terrain covered is quite rough underfoot so riders should beware of holes and other possible hazards. Wildlife A safari on horse-back provides a unique and special experience which allows you to get very close to the wildlife. This is a real privilege and the wildlife must be respected at all times. We urge you to be quiet when approaching all wildlife as human voices can carry and most animals are not accustomed to these sounds and are easily startled. Wild animals are unpredictable so we ask that all riders follow the lead guide’s instructions at all times as he or she has the knowledge to read and assess a situation. You will be provided with a detailed safety briefing prior to your safari.

Rider requirements

You must be comfortable at all paces in English riding-style saddles. You will have a short assessment ride on your arrival at the farm. Ideally, you should have experience in open countryside as you are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife; you must be confident enough to gallop to safety.
Riding hats are compulsory and it is recommend that you bring your own. Alternatively, they have a number of helmets at the farm – please let us know your requirements in advance so we can confirm availability. You will be required to complete a waiver before embarking on safari. The fundamental safety rules are: show compassion for your horse and never overtake your lead guide!

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 15 st/209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Lolldaigas Farmhouse: For those who are not so keen on camping, there is excellent option to use the Lolldaiga Farmhouse as a base. The Farmhouse was built as a manager’s house in the 1960s and is now open to guests. There are three en-suite double bedrooms, and one twin bedroom with a sink/toilet. It is built out of old cedar wood and has a stunning garden with views out over Mt Kenya.



Fly camps: The fly camps are a truly authentic, adventurous camping experience. Focus is on creating a comfortable and affordable bush camp, not on unnecessary luxuries. Camping is in spacious dome tents complete with stretcher beds, comfortable roll mats, cosy sleeping bags and soft pillows. Long drop loos and bucket showers are carefully positioned so that they are private and all have a view. Meals are served in a mess tent (although the teams are known to organise a surprise bush breakfast every now and again) and there is a camp fire by which guests enjoy the sounds of the bush and the starry African sky.



Olepangi Farmstead (for based stays): All of the furniture in the lodge is from a personal collection accumulated over 30 years of travelling all over the world. In every room you will find indigenous textiles, quirky antique furniture, persian carpets and beautiful objects d’art. Meals are served communally either on the breakfast deck hanging over the river, on the veranda or in the Party House. The impressive Party House is the main social hub of the farm and the family encourages people to come down and make themselves feel at home. Kick off your shoes and relax by the enormous open fire, pick a book out from the floor-to-ceiling book shelves or have a go at making a cocktail behind the 20' rosewood bar. There are also plenty of quiet spots around the farm to enjoy. Have a walk down by the river and find a secluded bench, sit in the hanging swing so comfy you will find it hard to leave or enjoy the warmth of the sun on a sunbed with the sound of the gurgling river flowing past you.

They are very proud of their food here also; Stephen, the head chef, has trained in Spain and worked at a number of top lodges in Kenya. The aim is to create delicious and interesting menus using local, fresh produce and incorporate some local African dishes such as Sakuma Wiki. This is made from Maize flour and spinach and is a very traditional dish eaten across East Africa. "We like our guests to feel at home and Stephen enjoys nothing more than for guests to join him in the kitchen swapping stories and seeing what he is up to. If there is a dish you particularly like he will gladly give you the recipe to try at home and is always keen to widen his repertoire if you have any recipes you would like to share. If you fancy a cooking lesson Stephen will happily oblige and if you have a favourite dish do let us know and we will include it in our menu."

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

From September 2015 onwards, all visas must be applied for online.
Visa processing time after application and payment is seven days.
VISA applications by visitors to Kenya will be made via www.ecitizen.go.ke
Nationals who require VISA to enter Kenya can now apply for their eVisa via www.ecitizen.go.ke

The British Consulate in Nairobi is at Upper Hill Road, Nairobi, PO Box 30465 - 00100 Nairobi. Telephone: (254) (20) 2844000. Email: ConsularSection.nairobi@fco.gov.uk.

The Kenya High Commission in the U.K is at 45 Portland Place, London, W1N 4AS. Telephone: (020) 7636 2371.

Climate Summary

Warm days & cool nights with daytime temperatures between 24-28°C. Warm clothing is recommended for early mornings & evenings. Weather patterns are increasingly hard to predict, however the rains are expected twice a year: November & late March to the end of May. These generally comprise of clear days punctuated by short heavy rain storms.

Climate Chart
Health

Anti-malaria precautions should be commenced prior to arrival in Kenya. There may be other health risks, which you can contact your doctor about prior to leaving.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org. You can also check the Department of Healths website at www.dh.gov.uk.

Health (ride specific)

Your guided always carry both a full medical box in the back-up vehicle and a smaller medical box in their saddlebags. However, it is suggested to take along your own packets of rehydration salts (such as Diorlyte), anti-diarrhoea tablets, aspirin (or other pain killers), anti-histamine tablets and plasters.

It is advisable to only drink bottled water whilst in Kenya. As it can get hot during the days and you will spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun it is recommended that you keep well hydrated. The most common cause of stomach upsets and diarrhoea is dehydration; increasing your fluid intake should prevent this illness. Some people may also have some stomach trouble due to different foods etc. If you suffer from a sensitive stomach then one option is to take travel probiotics during your trip – these build up the good bacteria in your stomach and can help fight bouts of ‘tummy trouble’.
If wearing contact lenses, please remember that it will be dusty and you will need extra cleaning fluid, and glasses may be a preferred option.

Electricity

Voltage and plugs are the same as the UK.

Film and Camera Equipment

Do take along enough film and batteries with you as they cannot be purchased once you have left Nairobi. Electricity is available on most nights for charging cameras and mobile phones.
Mobile phone signal is available in most places although not very good at Mount Kenya. Your guides will have a satellite phone with them for emergencies.
Wifi is available at Olepangi Farm.

Packing List

Neutral colours, such as gray, khaki, brown or green are most suitable; bright colours (including white) and patterns, can spook animals and birds. Long-sleeved tops and full-length trousers are appropriate for early mornings and late afternoons. Later on, after the sun goes down, temperatures drop quite dramatically and shoes, socks and a warm fleece/jacket is often required. Shorts and t-shirts are suitable for the hotter days. A lightweight rain jacket can be useful and a wide-brimmed hat is vital.

Your usual riding clothes - jodphurs, riding jeans or breeches
Riding hat (compulsory)
Long sleeve shirts because of the strong sun
Jumpers
Riding boots and/or chaps
Spare boots/shoes for the evenings
Good boots for walking/game drives
Water bottle
Sun hat
Warm and wind/rain proof clothes - especially for the mountains as you will be riding at a high altitude
Swimming costume
Informal clothes for the evenings
Book
Binoculars
Insect repellent (over 50% DEET)
High factor sunscreen
Wet wipes
Small torch

Please note luggage should be restricted to 15 kg in soft bags, including hand luggage
A laundry service is provided.

Programmes

This ride is available as 8 days/7 nights, 6 days/5 nights or per night based stay by arrangement throughout the year.

Departure Dates

2018 and 2019: Tailor-made departures for groups of 4 or more, available from 1 Jan to 31 Dec.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5double pp2,509
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5child 7-15 years1,759
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 adult1,849
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 child1,295
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5double pp2,179
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5child 7-15 years1,529
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 adult785
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 child549
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5double pp2,785
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5child 7-15 years1,955
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 adult2,055
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 child1,435
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5double pp2,419
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5child 7-15 years1,695
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 adult869
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 child609
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5double pp3,115
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5child 7-15 years2,185
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 adult2,295
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 child1,605
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5double pp2,705
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5child 7-15 years1,895
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 adult969
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 child679
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5double pp28,795
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5child 7-15 years20,195
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 adult21,215
2018 - 7 nights8d/7n5small group supplement 2-3 child14,835
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5double pp25,005
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5child 7-15 years17,515
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 adult8,965
2018 - 5 nights6d/5n5small group supplement 2-3 child6,285
Recommended Reading

‘Going down the river road’ by Meja Mwangi this is a good introduction to East African Literature.
Richard E. Estes "The Safari Companion" (Chelsea Green, UK) This book aims to explain not only what animals you're looking at, but also what they're doing, and its illustrated explanations make fascinating reading.
Jonathan Kingdon "The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals" (Natural World, UK) A detailed and comprehensive catalogue of African land mammals, illustrated with photographs and distribution maps for each species.
Anne Arthus-Bertrand and Anne Spoerry, "Photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand Kenya from the Air" (Thames and Hudson, UK/Vendome, US). Superb images of the country from the eagle's viewpoint.
Brian Jackman and Jonathan Scott "The Marsh Lions" (o/p). Beautifully produced and painstakingly researched study of the lions and other animals around the Musiara Marsh in Maasai Mara.

Other Activities

Enjoy sundowner excursions, swimming, shared day and night game drives, guided bush walks and mountain biking.
Non-riders are most welcome at the farm and on safari where they can travel by jeep with an armed guide and enjoy game drives and bush walks whilst their riding partners are off on horseback.

Wildlife

As well as the usual Big Game species eg elephant, leaopard, lion etc the region hosts the highest populations of endangered species: black rhino (half of Kenya’s total population), Grevy’s zebra (70% of the world’s population), reticulated giraffe, the only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest in the country and Africa’s only expanding population of wild dog. Birds: over 350 species. Mammals: over 50 species including wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion. Trees: 48 indigenous species have been identified.

Other Information

Olepangi Farm is a 35 minute drive from Nanyuki which lies on the equator and in the foothills of Mt Kenya, the second largest mountain in Africa at more than 17,000 feet. The farm is “on the edge” in the sense that it straddles that unique ecozone where most of the finest roses in the world are grown and supplied to markets of Europe, grown in the wild hinterland of Northern Kenya. On the farm's northern boundary are guesthouses which look out onto the stunning 36,000-acre Ole Naishu Ranch, a working cattle ranch full of wildlife. This ranch then in turns connects with millions of acres of bushland including Lolldaiga Hills, Borana, Ol Jogi, Mpala Ranch and so on and so forth. The farm is the home of the Lucy Family, long-term residents of Kenya.

Other Country Information

Kenya's history dates back to many centuries from the internal diaspora or the early settlements and migrations. Then came the formation of the various language groups who developed their own religions, traditions, governments and ruling systems. Then came the white settlers, which was followed by the fight for liberation, which gave birth to the Mau Mau freedom fighters and the rise of the Kenyan heroes.

English is the official language while Swahili is the national language. That means that government and education are in English, while everything else tends to be in Swahili. And, in actuality, most of government is in Swahili also. In addition to these two languages, most of the people in Kenya also speak their "mother tongue" - their tribal languages.

In Kenya it is possible to leave Nairobi, a city with a thriving business heart powered by the latest information technology, and drive in just a few hours to a place where life is lived in accordance to tradition and custom, where warriors armed with spears drive cattle into thorn brush enclosures to protect them from lions at night.

Kenya is three hours ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

The international dialling code is +254.



Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Nairobi International Airport
Transfer:
2019: Road transfer directly from Nairobi airport to the farm for $250 per vehicle each way, payable onsite (max 4 pax). This is a 4.5 hour journey all on good tarmac roads.
Flight Guide:
London - Nairobi from £450 return
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South Africa, Ants Reserve
This is a 5 star horseriding holiday in the African bush. He...Read more >
from $335
Horses grazing at the old farmhouse
Tanzania, Coffee Farm Stay
Stay on a coffee Farm and observe life in Tanzania with some...Read more >
from $2,859
Giraffes!
Namibia, Private Game Lodge
Luxurious private game lodge with fast riding on Arab and X ...Read more >
from $3,115